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This review is from: Jukebox - Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
I first saw Cat Power in the Fall of 1996 in a small, half-filled, smokey now-defunct nightclub in Seattle that was owned by Peter Buck of REM's ex-wife. She played an insecure and frightened and very moving set of tracks from her first record, "What Would the Community Think?" She spoke very little to the audience, and looked a little bit like she was performing on the Moon. In fact, the whole show sort of felt that way. Fortunately she still managed to display her talents that evening, and as a number of us lined up to purchase the CD following the show, there was unanimous agreement that this girl had potential. Twelve years later, its remarkable to note the transformation which has occured with this artist. Cat Power has ridden her remarkable talent, and unique perspective on life right to the top of the game. And while the acclaimed "Greatest" was clearly indicative of the hard-earned courage and masterfulness finally possessed by the singer-songwriter adopted from NYC's indie rock scene into the Adult-Oriented Album radio format, "Jukebox" makes a more powerful statement. On this, her latest album focused mainly on covers of her favorite influences, Cat Power reaches a level better described as devestating. One is prone to smiling on your first couple listens as she works her magic into your heart as usual, only this time, not so much asking you to welcome it, but ramming it into you. She demonstrates an impressive culmination of fortitude and soul that arrives best through the type of battle-scarred experience that she has had. A veritable music warrior for years, Cat Power is now an all-star working her way toward the hall-of-fame. PS - the best 2 tracks may even be her own "Metal Heart" and "Song to Bobby." Get it and get ready to love it.